Minnesota high schoolers get first hand experience at Mayo Clinic

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – While many in the Med City know jobs in health care span a wide range, it’s not always clear to prospective students what those jobs entail or how to get on the right educational track.

Mayo Clinic’s Career Immersion Program aims to clear up some of that confusion and gives Minnesota high schoolers the opportunity to learn about various health care careers before making any serious decisions.

Nearly 40 high school juniors and seniors from across the state are at Mayo Clinic this week for what’s hoped is an eye-opening experience.

“It shows them early in their careers or their education life on what some career options are,” said Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Associate Dean Dr. Stacey Rizza.

The five day event features between 12 and 15 different career paths, outside of the well known doctor and nurse positions.

“It’s interesting,” said student Nicole Chavz. “I get to see different fields of study that you never really hear about commonly.”

“It’s opened my eyes to a lot of things that I didn’t even know existed until today,” said student Isaiah Olson.

Students get a hands on learning experience in areas like emergency medicine, radiology, pharmaceuticals, and phlebotomy.

“It’s really cool,” said Olson. “We’ve done things I didn’t even expect to do. I was really surprised and really excited because I still have four more days left.”

The students we spoke with found phlebotomy very interesting.

“It’s a field of study that has to do with drawing blood and working with blood,” said Chavz.

Also covered in the program, what kind and how much education is needed for the jobs being highlighted.

“At the end of the week, we actually look at their interests and if we find that there’s a program their particularly interested in, we give some career advice in short of showing them what the next steps are and what classes they would have to take to get into these programs,” said Rizza.

This is the fourth year of Mayo Clinic’s Career Immersion Program, and organizers say they’ve seen previous participants get into training programs based on their experiences at Mayo.

Sarah Gannon

Sarah Gannon

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